Wednesday, May 5, 2004

May 5, 2004

12:05 PM Yesterday I answered another stack of prisoner letters from men and women who had read An Anchor for the Soul and wrote to say thanks. Many said they had trusted Christ as a result of reading it. Here is a montage of comments from various prisoners in Georgia, North Carolina, Florida, New York and New Jersey:

“I am currently in jail on 1 million dollars bail cash.” “I am charged with arson and four counts of assault.” “I was born in Puerto Rico in 1984.” “I am 39 years old. I am from Jamaica.” “My name is Leroy and I am 20 years old. I have been in and out of jail since I was 15.” “I am 32 years old and have never been connected to God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” “Ever since the age of five, my mother and I were physically, mentally and emotionally abused by my father.” “I was becoming a junkie on marijuana , I couldn’t support my wife and kid. On December 31, 2003, I committed a crime. I planned my first robbery.” “I am sentenced to five years, but hopefully I will get out in 3 ½ on good behavior.” “If God doesn’t want me, let him at least take care of Amy and Jordan.” “How does the Lord Jesus Christ fit into this case of mine? Will he make sure they find me innocent?” “The other night I was baptized and the next day I was in ‘the hole.’” “I’m 32 years old and hadn’t read a book of any kind since 1986.” “I read your book and felt some unexplainable comfort.” “I really like your book. It help me out. I have Jesus in my heart now.” “I felt the Holy Spirit every time I went to read the next chapter.” “Reading your book has helped prepare me for the rest of my time in prison and for the rest of my life.” “Today I honestly believe God was the one who brought me here.” ”I have asked the Lord to save me from this sin I’ve been living in. It’s like you said, a ton of weight is off my shoulders now.” “I am asking you to pray for me and to help me stay out of trouble.” “I must tell you I feel bad because I never looked for Jesus before but now I am.” “God bless you for all you do and have done for us lost souls grasping for the light.”

7:50 AM William F. Buckley argues that precisely because John Kerry is A) a public figure, and B)Catholic, and C) is pro-abortion, he should not receive communion. “The difference between giving communion to John Kerry, presidential candidate, and giving communion to John Doe, who voted for a local abortion law, is that Kerry is a public figure, and therefore a transgressor whose transgression is a public act, inviting reprisal, like the protester who draws attention to himself by proclaiming his defiance.” 7:23 AM Congratulations to Rick Todd who graduated last Saturday from Basic Training at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station. Rick is now stationed in Charleston, South Carolina. Mark and Cindy are his happy parents, and Chris is his very proud brother. 7:23 AM Yes, I am teaching the Pastor’s Bible Class tonight at 7 PM in the Dining Room. This is our last class until September. 7:20 AM Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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